Community Justice Project Receives Civic Leadership Award

June 5, 2014 —

Georgetown Law’s Community Justice Project Clinic has received the Civic Leadership Award from Casa Ruby at its second anniversary celebration on June 3. Casa Ruby is a bilingual, multicultural LGBT organization providing life-saving services and programs to the most vulnerable in the LGBT community.

The leadership award was given in honor of work done by clinic students Jason Amirhadji (L’14), Michelle Mirabal (L’14) and Jessica DeStefano (L'14) in creating a strategic plan for the organization's future advocacy.  The award was presented at an event featuring D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, D.C. Council Member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) and local transgender advocates.  

Visiting Associate Professor Colleen F. Shanahan, director of the Community Justice Project, and Program Coordinator Lisa Pollan accepted the award on behalf of CJP.

“We are honored that Casa Ruby recognized CJP student attorneys’ work developing a strategic advocacy plan,” Shanahan said, adding that Casa Ruby's cutting-edge advocacy and services for the transgender community is an important part of the fabric of Washington, D.C. “CJP’s work with Casa Ruby inspires and motivates us to continue to work for justice in our community.” 

Georgetown Law’s clinical program is the largest and most highly regarded in the country, and allows students to learn to practice law by working with real clients confronting complex legal challenges.

At the Community Justice Project, students represent individual clients and act as advocates for community, non-profit, educational, faith-based and other organizations and groups. They serve as advocates, consultants, advisors, capacity-builders, strategic planners, policy analysts and community organizers to help clients tackle complex, high priority projects.

The students’ 42-page report, released in December, is available here.

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